Bad start for BJP's mass contact program; George Onakkoor expresses dissent over CAA


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Writer George Onakkoor told the Union Minister that excluding only the Muslim community while including people from six other religions is against the secular nature of the country.

Kiren Rijiju

Thiruvananthapuram: Writer George Onakkoor expressed dissatisfaction during the promotion of Citizenship Amendment Act organised by the BJP here on Sunday.

George Onakkoor expressed his strong dissatisfaction when Union Minister Kiren Rijiju reached his house as part of BJP’s ‘Jana Sambarkka Paripadi’ (mass contact program). Onakkoor’s was the first house that BJP led by Kiren Rijiju had visited in order to subdue the protests against CAA.

George Onakkoor told the Union Minister that excluding only the Muslim community while including people from six other religions is against the secular nature of the country.

Kiren Rijiju replied that the law is not against a particular religion and added that while he was the minister of state for home affairs, citizenship was granted to migrant Muslims.

However, Kiren Rijiju later told the media that in a democracy anybody can express dissent. He also called the resolution against CAA, passed by Kerala Assembly, anti-constitutional.

George Onakkoor had extended support to Kummanam Rajasekharan’s protest in front of the secretariat seeking CBI investigation in the deaths of Valayar girls. It is in this context that Onakkoor’s house in the state capital was selected by BJP as the first house for the program. But it turned out to be bad start for the saffron party.

BJP is organizing nationwide promotional programs as part of creating awareness about the Citizenship Amendment Act. BJP is planning to visit three crore houses as part of this program.

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